Solihull-based firm JBH Consulting has landed two new deals to improve and develop websites.

The firm was set up six years ago by managing director John Harper after he was made redundant during the information technology shakedown.

JBH has been awarded contracts by Warwickshire Leasing, a car leasing company, and Birmingham Strategic Partnership to redesign their websites and make their appearance identical on a variety of web browsers, as well as being user-friendly for the visually impaired.

Both contracts will use Update Central, a new content management web-based software programme developed by JBH which allows the owner of a website to make their own changes using simple features, even if the owner has little or no computer experience.

Mr Harper said Update Central had been designed to enable existing websites to be converted quickly for full content management covering changes to text, photo-graphs, photo galleries, audio and video streaming.

Warwickshire Leasing has expanded its operation into new offices in Claverdon and with Update Central has the required capability to make hourly alterations to its web-site to reflect rapidly chang-ing car leasing rates.

The company's previous website was converted in less than a week to use Update Central, while the training of staff was completed in under one hour.

Peter Hill, managing director for Warwickshire Leasing, said the growth of his company was partly based on a need to rapidly reflect competitive rates for vehicle leases through the website without relying on web developers to make the changes on the firm's behalf.

JBH Consulting, which operates from Bentley Heath, Solihull, has built up a steady business base including websites for solicitors, commercial companies, a travel firm, town websites and a writing and PR organisation which also uses Update Central.

As new government legislation is introduced, websites are also expected to become more friendly to the visually impaired.

This is one of the areas that JBH Consulting will be working on for Birmingham Strategic Partnership.

Mr Harper said client demands and expectations had changed quickly in the last four years. Earlier clients had required a simple website including text and pictures.

"For many this still remains the case but with the growth of the internet and online shopping, businesses find it necessary to rapidly change the contents of their web sites using staff who may not possess extensive IT skills."

More recently is the increasing demand to meet World Wide Web Consortium ( standards so that a website looks identical irrespective of the way it is being viewed from a computer or a mobile phone.

Mr Harper's son Stuart, aged 24, who has a degree from Nottingham Trent University in Computer Visualisation, works in the computer industry in Birmingham as a senior web developer. While at university his work experience was with his father's business, which was monitored by his university course tutor.

"Both of us are IT intensive," said Mr Harper, "and when we talk it can produce professional ideas and benefits for the pair of us."

JBH Consulting will shortly be releasing its own software to filter emails containing spam before it is received at an individual's computer.